Former Leeds United striker, Noel Whelan, has hit out at Chelsea forward Timo Werner, branding the Germany international as a disappointment.
Whelan also told Werner to get out of Chelsea straight away if he is not happy in the Premier League for struggling to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge.
Werner was a big-money signing for Chelsea back in the summer of 2020, having scored 34 times in 45 matches for Red Bull Leipzig in the 2019-20 season.
But the 26-year-old has come nowhere near justifying his £48 million price tag.
Earlier this month, Werner even stated that he wanted to “play more,” as the 2022 FIFA World Cup is drawing closer, hinting that he could be open to leaving Chelsea.
His comments drew a strong response from Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who stated that he didn’t “understand” his compatriot’s comments.
However, Whelan has now criticized Werner for his struggles in English football.
“When he came in, everyone expected great things from him. We have not seen anything close to that. I think the Premier League has crept up on him, and he just realizes how tough it is,” Whelan told Football Insider.
Werner’s biggest strength is his pace. However, Whelan believes that is simply insufficient in a competition as physical and with as much quality as the Premier League.
“You might be quick or have had success in other leagues – but you are playing against international defenders week-in, week-out in England.
“He’s disappointed the Chelsea fans and definitely been a disappointment for the board – considering the money they paid for him.
“Now he’s getting that whined about him. He’s making little comments. At the end of the day, if he’s not happy in the Premier League, then he’s got to get out. Pace alone cannot help you,” he added.